I purchased one of Howard's new open cab diesel
kits at Swindon a couple of weeks ago and through lack of time/flu have only
just got around to building it. This is designed to sit on a Tenshodo SPUD
and is a very simple resin kit. The pattern making and casting is up to
the usual high standards and has been very cleverly thought out to make
construction as straight-forward as possible. It didn't take me long to
assemble - in fact I got so carried away that I had finished it before I went
back to the instructions and read the advice to add weight before fixing the top
on - oops! It took longer to cut the little squares of lead to drop in
from underneath than to put the body together! Detailing is left to the
builder with only a gear lever and handbrake lever included in the kit. So
far I have added an air filter to the top - an exhaust pipe is planned (when
I've got some suitable tube) and a few more controls from wire, etc. should set
it off nicely.
I have been impressed with both Avalon's and
Blackdog's approach to wagons - a whole chassis that only needs gluing to a
one-piece body that is nicely detailed and well cast (and well priced to boot)
makes for the kind of simplicity I enjoy! With any luck a whole works
train will be appearing on Ashcross by its next exhibition (just as well I need
some more rolling stock - I'm still borrowing Roger Brown's at the moment/for
the foreseeable future!).
One reasonably kept secret is the Blackdog has a
web site www.blackdogmining.co.uk
and on-line shop which has an extensive array of photos of their bits and
pieces. I have found the photos quite inspirational when painting wagons
or trying to load them. I'd recommend a visit to it.
Please note that I have no connection with either
Blackdog or Avalon, other than that of being a satisfied customer!